National's solution to maiming public education? Bigger class sizes and false competition performance pay? Our kids deserve better!
Bigger class sizes announced LATEST: School class sizes are going up and the Government is working on performance pay for teachers, Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced.
I'm sorry, larger class sizes and the attempt to use the flawed national standards which were always going to be used to create a false competition model are the answers to how to maim one of the best public education systems in the world?
Where the hell does National get off wrecking our kids education like this?
Why has a political party like ACT with a mere 1.07% of the vote been allowed to have one of their most extreme right wing policies like Charter Schools adopted as a main policy for the entire country especially when the evidence is now overwhelming that this ideological experiment is detrimental in every way.
The real insult to injury here is that the entire Charter School fiasco is top secret, we will never know how much we are giving private companies public education money and there is no way to measure any actual success.
Why we are allowing this right wing perversion to erode one of the best public education systems in the world is almost as difficult to answer as why a right wing homophobic bigot like John Banks is any where near the education portfolio.
Here is what our Associate Minister of Education had to say during the election...
"If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, young Maori men in south Auckland the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending and more burglaries, then we’re going to have them coming through our windows".
...since when was education supposed to be a hate crime?
We have one of the best public education systems in the world, yes we have students on the bottom who are not getting the education they need, but that's because of under funding, growing class sizes and manipulating the flawed national standards system into a performance pay measure has nothing to do with making education better.
This is far right ideology replacing public policy.
For shame Hekia Parata, for shame.